The make over is pretty much finished! Final few things to do in what will be “The Lounge” (photos to follow). We now have booth seats upstairs which comfortably seat both tables of 2 or larger groups . Downstairs has had a few slight changes too.
And it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at Victuals!
Our December 2021 menu reflects the season and will feature tasty specials such as pan fried venison loin with dauphinoise mash, roasted carrots, kale, carrot purée and roast jus.
Kent has some of the England’s top wine producers with many wines punching well above their weight in both domestic and international markets. As a member of Produced in Kent, we are delighted to select a number of excellent examples of Kent wines for your pleasure and enjoyment.
These wines reflect the unique characteristics of the Kentish “Terroir” and are all estate produced and bottled.
Many of these wineries offer visits to their estates, and, after enjoying a bottle with us you may like spend an afternoon sampling award-winning wines and indulging in fantastic home-grown seasonal produce.
We’re delighted to be able to stock even more excellent Kentish wines.
Coming from Wayfarer vineyard near Ashford, the range includes:
Pilgrims Way Pinot Gris
Made from grapes grown on the family run Wayfarer’s vineyard, nestled intimately on the Pilgrims Way in Kent. A versatile white that can be enjoyed on hazy summer days or crisp autumnal evenings. Ripe conference pear on the nose, lemon and fleshy white peach on the palate. Created from still wine clones.
Pilgrims Way Pinot Noir Rosé
Made from exclusively estate grown grapes nurtured at Wayfarer’s family vineyard, on the Pilgrims way, in Kent. Cherry blossom evokes springtime on the nose. Zingy grapefruit and a summer strawberry bite on the palate. Bright with bursting acidity, and well balanced. Created from still wine clones.
Wandering Wayfarer Bacchus
This limited production wine has aromas of delicate elderflower blossom on the nose. Fresh cut grass on the palate and soft mineral undertones evoke dewy spring mornings. A clean and crisp wine showing spicy lifted fruit characters. Aromatic, structured, and delicate, this wine showcases the fantastic complexity of the Bacchus grape.
Friday and Saturday lunchtime special for just £15.00.
Our Summer Lunch Special featuring Deep Fried Beer Battered Hake with Potted Shrimps, Anchovy Croquettes, Toasted Ciabatta served with our Homemade Tartar Sauce, Potato Salad and a Mixed Salad. A choice of a small glass of house white wine or soft drink accompany.
Book now – limited space due to social distancing.
As part of our preparation to re-open, we had the entire restaurant de-contaminated and protected against Coronavirus using a service called ‘Fogging’. Carried out by Brett Cleaning Services this involved flooding the entire area with a fine mist that kills all viruses.
The Fogging infection control service causes minimal disruption. Using Formula 429 Plus the spray is food safe, tried, tested, trusted by NHS in the UK for the fight against Coronavirus, e.Coli, MRSA and other infections, bacteria and viruses.
Brett certify their work and we will schedule them for regular Fogging every four weeks as part of our continued protection for all visitors and employees against the virus. See Fogging.
Steak Night Thursday 26 March 2020
As winter slips away and spring begins to show its face (we hope…) what better way to spend a Thursday evening than an exquisite steak dinner.
Our exclusive steaks are sourced from Chandler and Dunn, Ash near Canterbury.
The 28 day aged beef comes from their traditional Sussex cattle. These are native to the South East of England and are a breed renowned for their ability to graze rough pastures and produce a high quality meat which is a naturally succulent, marbled, full of flavour and tender.
We are planning a special menu to showcase these wonderful steaks which will be available shortly as well as opening the evening for bookings.
Watch this space!
Mother’s Day 22 March 2020 menu
Always a popular day for treating mum and we’re pleased to offer a traditional Sunday Lunch menu with one or two extras.
As you’d expect places are filling quickly so we recommend an early booking!!
To compliment physical changes to the restaurant, we’re also delighted to launch a completely new seasonal menu.
Featuring five starters and five mains the menu introduces some unique tastes for Deal along side our traditional favourites.
The emphasis continues on using local, seasonal ingredients and produce which, combined with original thinking by our chefs, is designed to please and delight.
We are keen to receive feedback and comments – good, bad or indifferent – which we can use to further refine our menu.
We hope you’ll like our changes and give us a try soon!
Whilst the restaurant was closed throughout January we’ve undertaken quite a face lift.
Gone is the old grey flooring to be replaced with a a brand new wood tile. New lighting compliments the new feature wall. The old fashioned wall lights have been removed and the walls repainted with a light colour. The whole effect brightens the interior.
The aim is to give a unique look and feel to our restaurant and make our customer’s experience even more enjoyable.
A special evening menu to celebrate a great day in the year for loving couples on 14 February 2020.
At just £120 per couple the menu consists of a three course menu including fish and vegetarian options with entertainment by our close magician, Dan Tyrell. Click to view menu Valentine’s Evening 2020
Dan Tyrell (dantyrrellmagic.co.uk)
Dan Tyrrell is a Kent based Magical Artist that’s gaining quite a reputation performing Magical entertainment locally and abroad. Dan is an entertainer that will amaze and create the perfect mood for the whole evening.
He can perform close up magic in front of your disbelieving eyes and illusions that will entertain you and your partner. You will be able to relax and enjoy yourself knowing that with Dan in control you are guaranteed to have a good time at Victuals.
To check availability please telephone on 01304 374389. We are unable to take any further online bookings due to popularity!
£150 including VAT for six standard 750ml bottles – off-sales only
“Good wine is a necessity of life for me” — THOMAS JEFFERSON
Working with our vintner, we are delighted to be able to offer to our customers a wonderful selection of quality French wines for Christmas and New Year celebrations. These wines are exclusive, estate bottled and not easily available through usual channels.
Should you be looking for something a little unusual to delight your friends and family this Christmas and New Year we hope this selection might impress!
We’re pleased to announce an exclusive dining experience to welcome the New Year at Victuals.
The evening starts at 8.00 pm with welcoming canapés and Prosecco Frizzante Spago.
Throughout the evening guests will be entertained by our close up magician, Dan Tyrell. A friend of Victuals, local guitarist, Thomas McInerney will charm you with his music.
Champagne will be served at midnight.
Numbers are extremely limited to just 34 guests so that the evening can be enjoyed in an almost private and exclusive party atmosphere. Tickets are £95 and the seven course menu features:
Canapés served with Prosecco Frizzante Spago on arrival;
- Spiced Squash Velouté;
- Cerviche of Scallop;
- Roasted Beetroot and Celeriac Fondant with Port Reduction;
- Tamarind Prawns;
- Pan Fried Venison, Blackberry with Nut Granola and Seasonal Vegetables;;
- Churro (a fried dough pastry) with Chocolate and Cinnamon.
About Dan Tyrell
Dan Tyrrell is a Kent based Magical Artist that’s gaining quite a reputation performing Magical entertainment locally and abroad. Dan is an entertainer that will amaze and astound you, break the ice and create the perfect mood for the whole evening.
He can perform close up magic in front of your disbelieving eyes and illusions that will entertain you and party. You will be able to relax and enjoy yourself knowing that with Dan in control you are guaranteed to have a good time.
Dan has been working in the entertainment business since 1996. His experience is in large and small scale shows, events and extravaganzas, private parties, weddings and corporate events.
Tom hails from Kingston upon Thames. He picked up Spanish classical guitar at the age of 10 and started to write songs with his brother James. In 2009 He travelled across China on sleeper trains and coaches with his old tank of a guitar ‘Lola’ that had previously kept him company in the myriad tunnels of the London Underground. 26 years on, those two brothers crossed the Mississippi in Memphis without even realising, with a Mandolin they bought from one of Dolly Parton’s band members. It certainly wasn’t the first river that had eluded him on a journey, but it might be the deepest. It was time to start writing again, and singing. Tom returns to Deal for this gig on New Year’s Eve. A town where his first son was born and where so many of his friends live.
To book telephone 01304 374389.
Cost £95 – full payment will be required by no later than 1 December 2019. An early booking is really recommended.
A special evening to celebrate the Great British Summer on 1 August 2019. The evening starts at 7 pm and will feature a tasting menu of seven dishes that reflect the best of high summer.
An optional selected range of wines will also be available.
Seven courses £60 per head. Pairing wines (5 glasses – see below) £30 per head.
~ The Food Menu ~
- Gazpacho | Foccacia | Basil Panna Cotta
- Scallops | Lychee | Chorizo
- Buffalo Mozzarella | Sundried Tomatoes | Parma Ham | Watercress
- Crab | Saffron Cream | Sweetcorn
- Duck Breast | Old Fashioned Drink Glazed Plums | Black Rice
- Gin | Pink Peppercorn | Strawberry
- Peach | Pistachio | Honeycomb
~ The Pairing Wines ~
- Gazpacho : Bacchus, Chapel Down 2017, England (125ml) – £7.50
- Scallops Chorizo : Pinot Noir Rose, Simpson’s Railway Hill 2018, England (125ml) – £6.00
- Buffalo Mozzarella : (Continued From Scallops)
- Crab : Voignier, La Forge Estate 2016, France (125ml) £5.00
- Duck Breast : Pinot Noir, Stanley Estates 2014, New Zealand (125ml) £7.50
- Peach : Chapel Down Nectar, 2016, England (50ml) £6.00
Introducing Kit’s Coty Estate Bacchus 2016 which Victuals is delighted to stock for its customers.
Kit’s Coty Bacchus 2016 was released following the success of it’s Kit’s Coty Chardonnay which won a Platinum Best In Class at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2016 and then the prestige cuvée Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée winning Gold at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in 2017.
Kit’s Coty wines are offered in the UK’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants, including La Gavroche, The Langham, Hand & Flowers, Sat Bains and Paris House. So it is particularly pleasing for Victuals to offer Kit’s Coty Bacchus 2016.
The Kit’s Coty vineyard is located on the North Downs of Kent where the gently sloping lime-rich chalk soils and unique micro-climate produce wines of exceptional quality. No compromises are taken in employing the highest standards of viticulture and winemaking practices to maximize the potential of the wines.
Kit’s Coty Bacchus 2016 is produced from the finest parcels of Bacchus grapes at the Kit’s Coty vineyard in Kent. The grapes were harvested by hand in late September and then whole-bunch-pressed before undergoing wild fermentation in third and fourth use French Oak barrels for nine months in order to add richness and complexity to the wine.
Chapel Down Head Winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire, says, “This very ripe style of Bacchus has guava, melon and peach aromas with background oak influence. The palate is pure and focussed with more tropical flavours and an exceptional length.
I have a particular affinity with the Bacchus grape variety, owing to the fact it is so well suited to the English terroir coupled with its versatility in the wine styles it can produce.”
Mark Harvey, Chapel Down Managing Director, said “Our vision has always been to produce exceptional wines from the Kit’s Coty estate; to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in this country. Right from the start of this journey, when the first fruit from the Kit’s Coty vineyard was harvested in 2010, we knew this site was capable of excellence. We are thrilled with the results and are excited to now share these wines with the market and the growing number of pilgrims of Chapel Down!”
From a food-pairing perspective, the rich fruity flavours of the wine is a perfect partner to white crabmeat salads, asparagus risotto or lightly smoked fish.
Source: Chapel Down Winery
Commencing this month (May 2019), Victuals will select an outstanding fine wine from its cellars for customers to appreciate and enjoy with lunch or dinner.
This months’ choice is a beautiful example of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 2006 Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud.
This Châteauneuf-du-Pape is made from 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre. To enjoy this wine at its best it should be decanted ahead of consumption. So please let us know on arrival if you wish to order it.
Price is £80 for a 750ml (standard) bottle.
“It’s full-bodied and dense but not heavy, has medium+ acidity and medium tannin. Excellent length. A fascinating, cooler Châteauneuf-du-Pape with impeccable balance.”
“a Grenache Mourvedre blend with full body but not too heavy, beautifully perfumed with nose of dark fruit and cherry, and notes of liquorice & spice plus a little barnyard”
Victuals & Co are delighted to stock and highlight a selection of Kentish wines in its cellars for your enjoyment which are featured here.
White Wine – Standard 750ml Bottle
Biddenden Ortega 2016 (Ortega is a German grape developed from crossbreeding Müller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe).
Semi-aromatic on the nose, displays appealing fresh aromas of green apple, grapefruit, cut grass and flora, whilst the palate is medium bodied, crisp, characterful and deliciously fruity.
Biddeneden Bridge Ortega 2017
A lovely nose of soft apple blossom and gentle apricot. The palate is off-dry but deliciously fresh and easy to get along with. The apricot follows on from the nose and is combined with rounded citrus fruits – mainly subtle orange and lemon.
Chapel Down Bacchus 2017
A crisp, refreshing highly aromatic wine characterised by gooseberry and elderflower on the nose. The palate is fresh and zesty with flavours of nettle, kiwi and freshly cut grass leading to a crisp, dry finish.
Simpsons Roman Road Chardonnay 2017
A single vineyard wine created from Chardonnay grapes carefully selected for their maturity and concentration. The juice undergoes fermentation in stainless steel tanks before ageing for three months in French oak barrels. It displays aromas of white peach and lime, with clean, citrus flavours, smooth cashew nut on the palate and subtle hints of spice and vanilla.
Red Wine – Standard 750ml Bottle
Biddenden Gribble Bridge Dornfelder 2017
Fresh raspberries and summer fruits abound in this refreshing, light red wine. Great with lightly spiced foods.
Sparkling Wine – Standard 750ml Bottle
Simpsons Canterbury Rosé 2016
This delicately pink sparkling rosé hails from the sunny, sheltered slopes of Barham and captures the essence of English quality. With smooth hues of rose petal and strawberry sorbet, this rosé delivers a refined, crisp and creamy finish.
Biddenden Gribble Bridge Sparkling Rosé 2014
Produced solely from the Gamay grape, an off-dry sparkling rosé with blushing damask rose tones which come to life thanks to the inexhaustible stream of bubbles. The palate conjures up sweet summer fruit, think strawberry, raspberry & pear, with a half-squeeze of lemon.
We will now be open between 12:00 and 14:00 for lunch. Watch here for our special lunch menu!
A special evening menu to welcome the first days of spring on 28 March 2019 at 6.30 pm for 7pm start
At just £50 per head the menu consists of:
We are now opening from 18.00 Wednesday to Saturday evening (previously 18.30) This offers two additional slots of 18.00 and 18.15 bookable via our online reservation system. Last table 20.30 Wednesday and Thursday, 21:00 Friday and 20:45 Saturday and 19:30 Sunday.
Please note that early tables between 18.00 and 19.00 may be limited to a maximum of two hours to allow later diners to reserve a table.
A special evening menu to celebrate a great day in the year for loving couples on 14 February 2020.
At just £120 per couple the menu consists of a three course menu including fish and vegetarian options with entertainment by our close magician, Dan Tyrell.
We’re delighted to be partnering with Kent based Simpsons English Wine Estate to introduce two amazing English wines to our customers.
Canterbury Rose Sparkling Rosé 2016
This fine English sparkling wine reflects the exquisite characteristics of their iconic, chalk terroir in the North Downs of Kent. This is the first sparkling wine to be released from the Simpsons’ outstanding inaugural harvest. Created from estate grown Pinot Noir grapes, this traditional method rosé is the essence of English taste and luxury. Delicately pink with a fine mousse and soft, rose petal and fresh strawberry sorbet nose, it has a creamy, rounded texture with crisp red berry flavours and a refined finish.
Roman Road Chardonnay 2017
The Simpsons’ Wine Estate Roman Road vineyard is situated on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs of Kent. Exuding a true sense of place, the Roman Road Chardonnay is elegant and linear, with a distinctive mineral quality that you would expect from fruit grown on these iconic chalk soils. Created from fruit carefully selected for its maturity and concentration, this single vineyard, still white wine displays aromas of honeysuckle and white melon, with smooth rich flavours of macadamia and vanilla pod.
Simpsons Wine Estate has 90 acres of vineyards situated on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs and anchored in the iconic, free-draining, chalky soils so highly revered in the world of sparkling wine. In 2016 a state-of-the-art winery was created in Barham in preparation for their first harvest and their elegant Glass House tasting room was completed during 2017, complete with a helter skelter slide.
We’re delighted to be recommended by the 2019 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland.
Victuals are hosting another special tasting event. On 29 November 2018, starting at 19:00 for 19:30, our game tasting evening will feature:
- A warming seasonal cocktail on arrival
- Bread and butter
- Game Terrine, beetroot and currants
- Roast mallard, honey soy, wild mushrooms and chicory
- Rabbit, celeriac, parsnip and quail egg
- Venison, butter squash, savoy cabbage, blackberry and dauphinoise potato
- Pear and walnut tarte tatin with praline ice cream
A selection of pairing wines to accompany will be available as an optional extra.
Cost £60 per head.
Victuals & Co are delighted to have launched their new small plates ‘tasting menu’ on Wednesday 10 October 2018. These delicious, interesting small plates, influenced by local produce and season, are designed with flair and passion to share or hog!
The menu features vegetable, fish and meat and we recommend up to five dishes per person. Additional dishes can be ordered anytime if the surprise whets your appetite.
Along side our small plates we also offer daily specials such as fillet and rib eye steak.
Gresa Expressió 2010
This exquisite Spanish red wine comes from L’Empordà, a windswept, northern Catalan region bordering France. It consists of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Carignan. “Gresa” is the name given to the sandy-granitic soils the grapes are grown in.
A wonderful red wine – intense, smooth, voluminous and fruity, with polished, fresh and long tannins. Overall an elegant complex and well-balanced wine with a long finish.
Rated amongst the top 10 wines from the Empordà region.
Price: £50 for a standard bottle.
New to Victuals & Co – especially for couples in love!
Celebrating a wedding anniversary? Want to propose? Special event? Or just looking for that extra privacy? If so, when booking a table for two ask for our ‘Lover’s Table’.
Tucked away upstairs above St George’s Passage and with views to the High Street and St Georges Church, our small private area offers the most exclusive area of privacy for two people to enjoy each other’s company and fine dining in our restaurant.
Whilst we enjoyed our two week break our decorators have been busy transforming our restaurant.
The subtle use of soft greys on the walls and ceilings and a hard wearing floor paint in a darker grey has lifted the atmosphere.
We think the transformation is pleasing. And hope you, our valued customer, do as well!
We were delighted to host a 40th birthday party in our private dining room.
Clare, who arranged the event with us asked us to post a photo and message:
“Please would you set up a sister Victuals & Co next to our houses!
My friends and I would not need to cook at the weekend ever again & we would have fun, friendly, hard working, informative & passionate foodies as our neighbours in Wilmington, Kent..failing that, we will have to bide our time & see you next time we venture down to Deal.
Clare & Co.”
What a wonderful way to end our summer season before heading off for our annual holidays.
See you soon!
Victuals & Co